Best double action CO2 revolver triggers

Hammering down accuracy

Best double action CO2 revolver triggers Part 2

Doubling on air

by Dennis Adler

The candidates for best double action trigger from top to bottom, Webley MKVI, Umarex Colt Python, ASG Dan Wesson 2-1.2 inch barrel model, Dan Wesson Model 715 6-inch model, and Umarex S&W 327 TRR8.

Here again are the candidates for best double action trigger. From top to bottom, the Webley MKVI, Umarex Colt Python, ASG Dan Wesson 2-1/2 inch barrel model, Dan Wesson Model 715 6-inch and Umarex S&W 327 TRR8. They all have excellent features but only one has “the best” trigger for double action firing.

The one thing that New York armsmaker Eben T. Starr did with his 1858 double action pistol design, was engineer a trigger (or trigger lifter in this case) to “stage” the trigger for the final pull-through. What I mean by that is the trigger pull rotated the cylinder into battery and cocked the hammer but left a little additional pull before the trigger lifter struck the hammer release. This allowed a soldier to take better aim before firing. This same step in the trigger pull was repeated by Colt’s in their 1877 and 1878 double action designs, and has been used to great effect by S&W in their revolvers, which stage the hammers with relative ease. Most shooters pull straight through on double action, as it should be in combat, but for greater accuracy, or a studied and practiced pause before dropping the hammer, this aspect of double action revolvers has become a trait of the best guns and best triggers. It is also so with the best double action CO2 revolvers.

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Best double action CO2 revolver triggers

Hammering down accuracy

Best double action CO2 revolver triggers Part 1 

By Dennis Adler

A sweep through double action history from the c.1858 Starr carried by Union Soldiers during the Civil War, to the famous .45 Colt Model 1878 double action single action, the S&W Triple Lock with swing out cylinder, and a modern S&E Performance Center 8-shot .357 Magnum (the basis for the 327 TRR8).

A sweep through double action history from the c.1858 Starr carried by Union Soldiers during the Civil War, to the famous .45 Colt Model 1878 double action/single action, the S&W Triple Lock with swing out cylinder, and a modern S&W Performance Center 8-shot .357 Magnum (the basis for the 327 TRR8).

Trigger control is one of the essential skills in target, competition and self defense shooting. With cartridge-firing revolvers and semiautomatic pistols trigger design and ease of operation is often one of the selling points. The fundamentals of trigger design, both in operation and levels of resistance, (stacking, travel, over travel, and reset), as well as quality, apply equally to air pistols that are based on actual handguns. Semi-autos are much easier to match for design, function, and resistance to cartridge-firing models, as evidenced by airguns like the S&W M&P40, Beretta 92A1, Sig Sauer P226 X-Five, and Tanfoglio Witness Gold Custom. When it comes to double action revolvers it is almost the same, but not exactly. The demands placed upon the trigger in a DA/SA airgun are not equal to those of a cartridge-firing model. There is less mass (a lighter weight alloy cylinder), a lighter hammer spring, and of course, the hammer itself is light weight alloy construction, not steel. The double action function on some CO2 revolvers can feel sloppy and trigger pull can vary from heavy, with excessive stacking on some, to light, smooth actions that run like a tuned revolver (from the S&W Performance Center, as an example). This is evident in a handful of CO2-powered, BB or pellet cartridge loading revolvers.

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The last word on the Umarex S&W M&P40

The Last Word on the Umarex S&W M&P40

The first blowback action CO2 airgun to be adopted for law enforcement training

By Dennis Adler 

County Deputies get their (air) guns. The presentation of Umarex S&W M&P40 pistols, spare magazines and accessories for the pilot training program took place Thursday, January 12 at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, in Bedford, PA. The author (third from right) along with County Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer (fourth from right) drafted the pilot training program for Umarex-USA.

County Deputies get their (air) guns. The presentation of Umarex S&W M&P40 pistols, magazines and accessories for the pilot training program took place January 12 at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, in Bedford, PA. The author (third from right) along with County Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer (fourth from right) drafted the pilot training program for Umarex-USA.

It is not often that I toot my own horn, first I’m tone deaf, and secondly it tends to blow back on you. But here goes. Late last year when I was testing the Umarex S&W M&P40, I went to visit the local County Sheriff (I have been a Special Deputy for the County Sheriff’s Office here in Bedford, Pennsylvania, for over 20 years). Because the Sheriff is a great fan of airguns, I wanted him to try the M&P40, but the main reason was that all of the Sheriff’s Deputies carry the M&P40.

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The Best Dan Wesson

The Best Dan Wesson Part 2

Shooting the 6-inch .357 Magnum CO2 Model

By Dennis Adler

As if the ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 couldn’t look any better, add the optional CNC machined alloy accessory rail (which screws into the two drilled and tapped holes in the bottom of the barrel shroud), add some optics and the gun looks like it’s ready for a run at the Bianchi Cup.

As if the ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 couldn’t look any better, add the CNC machined alloy accessory rail (which screws into the two drilled and tapped holes in the bottom of the barrel shroud), add some optics and the gun looks like it’s ready for a run at the Bianchi Cup.

The Dan Wesson Model 715 is the most authentic looking of all the Dan Wesson CO2 models and the pellet version, in its unique high polish steel grey, is even more interesting because the color changes under different lighting conditions from almost silver to nearly blue black. It’s like a mirror, it reflects its surroundings. In the photo studio, it appears a warm silver grey, but take it outside in daylight and the color deepens to almost black; either way it’s shiny and looks good. It also shoots as good as it looks.

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The Best Dan Wesson

The Best Dan Wesson Part 1

Authentic 6-inch .357 Magnum CO2 Model

By Dennis Adler

The CO2 powered Dan Wesson Model 715 from ASG (which has the brand name licensing rights) is offered in several versions, but two in the original Model 715 configuration with the correct crane-mounted cylinder latch and a 6-inch barrel.

The CO2 Dan Wesson Model 715 is offered in several versions, but only two in the original Model 715 configuration with the correct crane-mounted cylinder latch and a 6-inch barrel.

Although Dan Wesson is now part of CZ-USA, there was a time in the mid 20th century when the company was, what some pundits considered, the renegade division of Smith & Wesson. At the time when Daniel B. Wesson II left the company co-founded by his great grandfather, Smith & Wesson was in its third year of ownership by U.S. conglomerate Bangor-Punta (a former Fortune 500 company primarily known in the sport boat industry), which had purchased S&W from the Wesson family in 1965. Three years later, Dan Wesson decided to start his own firearms manufacturing company under his own name, but using a revolutionary pistol patented by arms designer Karl Lewis (formerly with Browning and High Standard). The new handgun, first known as the Model 12 and improved to the better known Model 15, (and later Model 15-2) featured interchangeable barrels. This was to become the hallmark of the Dan Wesson revolvers, a trait still carried on to this day. The original Dan Wesson line, however, had an uphill sales battle, which was compounded by Dan Wesson’s death in 1978. Going through a succession of owners, including a brief period by the Wesson family, in 1996 the company was purchased by New York International Corp. and CEO Bob Serva. In 2005 a revitalized Dan Wesson (under the company name Wesson Firearms) was sold to CZ-USA, which maintains a special Dan Wesson division, including the famous Model 715.

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The Peacemaker you have been waiting for

The Peacemaker you have been waiting for Part 2

The Nimschke 5-1/2 inch and 7-1/2 inch Umarex Colt Shootout

By Dennis Adler

The last word in Colts was a hand engraved revolver by L.D. Nimschke. Adams & Adams has recreated two of the legendary New York City engraver’s most recognized styles for the 5-1/2 inch and 7-1/2 inch Umarex Colt Peacemakers. Both models have rifled barrels and shoot 4.5mm pellets. (Holster by John Bianchi’s Frontier Gunleather)

The last word in Colts was a hand engraved revolver by L.D. Nimschke. Adams & Adams has recreated two of the legendary New York City engraver’s most recognized styles for the 5-1/2 inch and 7-1/2 inch Umarex Colt Peacemakers. Both models have rifled barrels and shoot 4.5mm pellets. (Holster by John Bianchi’s Frontier Gunleather)

Pellets and rifled barrels generally ensure greater and more consistent accuracy and with single action revolvers. While aiming is modestly precise with a channeled rear and blade front sight, single action trigger control is excellent, and the 10 meter range ideal for testing the 5-1/2 and 7-1/2 inch Umarex Colt Peacemakers. Neither the nickel plating nor the hand engraving will make these two any more accurate, or easier to shoot, but it certainly makes them more enjoyable. Even an outlaw in the Old West had a sense of style, and certainly a lot of lawmen, at least when they were in town and dressed for business. On the trail, clothing usually suffered, but a good looking holster and a handsome sidearm often managed to survive, as evidenced by the number of historic holsters, belts, and hand engraved six-guns from the Civil War era to the end of the 19th century that have survived to the present day. Were it not for the hardiness of the originals, it’s likely these two hand-engraved Umarex Colt Peacemakers wouldn’t exist.

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The Peacemaker you have been waiting for

The Peacemaker you have been waiting for Part 1

The Nimschke 7-1/2 inch Umarex Colt

By Dennis Adler 

It is most remarkable how great a role aesthetics actually played in a cowboy’s choice of dress and armament, from hats to holsters, and knives to guns.

It is remarkable how significant of a role aesthetics actually played in a cowboy’s choice of dress and armament, from scarves, hats and boots, to holsters, knives and guns. 

Was a nickel plated Colt Peacemaker any better than a blued one; or a gunman more accurate with an engraved Single Action? The answer depends upon whom you ask. A lot of famous lawmen and outlaws carried engraved guns fitted with ivory grips. An engraved handgun or rifle was distinctive, and in many instances memorable. It is remarkable how much of a role aesthetics actually played in a cowboy’s choice of dress and armament. Wild Bill Hickok famously wore a brace of hand engraved Colt 1851 Navy revolvers in butt forward reverse draw style. Legendary Oklahoma lawman and U.S. Deputy Marshal William Tilghman carried a nickel plated, hand engraved Colt Peacemaker (presented to him by the grateful folks of Perry, Oklahoma for cleaning up the town). Dodge City lawman Bat Masterson owned several hand engraved Peacemakers. Legendary outlaw Emmett Dalton, and other members of the Dalton gang all carried engraved guns; did they make them better shootists? No, just more memorable ones.

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